At last, the highly anticipated new historical character doll has arrived. Her name is Julie Albright and she is 9 years old in the year 1974. She lives in beautiful San Francisco, CA and her best friend is named Ivy Ling.
Julie's book series includes six books and one featuring Ivy Ling. The new doll and books are available now from American Girl.
This new character is the first new historical doll to be released in several years. It will be interesting to observe the reactions of American Girl® fans to this new character. For one thing, 1974 was not that long ago in history!
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Some moms may take offense when buying "historical" clothing for their daughters that is similar to clothing that they wore when they were children. Hopefully most moms will enjoy reliving the memories of their youth and teaching their daughters about the tumultuous 1970s. In particular, the record player accessory set could make for some fun conversations!
It is likely that American Girl® specifically chose this time period to target the buying customers' age group. This is a trend often seen recently on store shelves. It is like a nostalgic walk through my childhood when I walk down the toy aisle with my daughter. When I see all of my old favorites like Strawberry Shortcake™, Rainbow Brite™, and My Little Pony™, I am filled with such happy memories that I want to throw everything in the cart so that my little girl can enjoy all of those same toys. It is definitely an effective marketing choice.
The new Julie doll has shiny blond hair and brown eyes. She has the same face mold as the Marisol doll from 2005. Her friend Ivy Ling has the same face mold as the Jess character.A new Asian doll will add great diversity to the American Girl® line of products and open a lot of possibilities for fun wardrobe choices.
There are two things we can be sure of. The new historical Julie doll will create some interesting conversation among parents and will be adored by little girls across the country. The Julie doll retails for $87 for the doll and paperback book. Or, you can buy her with her friend Ivy and their accessories and books for $199.
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